Home Office awards £357,000 for Devon project tackling violence against women and girls

Posted on: 23 August 2017

A new £17m government initiative tackling violence against women and girls will see Devon County Council receive £357,000.

The fund will go towards a project aimed at ensuring people in positions of care are helped to identify early signs of domestic violence and give them the knowledge of how to intervene.

As well as this, the project also aims to identify and work with perpetrators of domestic violence who may have difficulties with substance misuse and mental health.

The project will be delivered in partnership with a variety of groups, including Torbay Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, and Torbay and South Devon Clinical Commissioning Group Rape Crisis Unit.

Cllr Roger Croad

Cllr Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for domestic violence services, said:  “This Home Office funding will be a major step towards helping our partnership to achieve its ambition to end domestic and sexual violence and abuse.

“The funding will enable us to intervene earlier with victims, interrupting the cycle of abuse, and help us connect victims with the support they need to break free of violence and abuse.

“We cannot end domestic and sexual violence and abuse without identifying and working with those who perpetrate it. This funding will help us to do that and bring about lasting changes in the behaviour of perpetrators.”

2 comments on “Home Office awards £357,000 for Devon project tackling violence against women and girls

  1. Anon says:

    – 40% of domestic violence victims are men
    – Suicide has killed more men than all the wars put together, it’s now the biggest killer of men under 50.
    – 84% of the ‘hidden homeless’ are Men
    – 2 in 3 murder victims are male
    – 1 in 4 children don’t consider their father to be part of their family.

    • Anon says:

      It is true that domestic violence affects men as well as women, and that services should exist to support all victims. However, your assertions imply that the situation is just as bad for men as it is for women, and that women are almost as likely to be perpetrators as men are. This simply is not the case.

      – The majority of male victims are in homosexual relationships, i.e. the perpetrators are also male.
      – Female victims in heterosexual relationships are far more likely to be victims of ongoing, repeated violence, abuse and controlling behaviour than are male victims in heterosexual relationships (some of the latter actually only become victims because the female in the relationship is defending herself).
      – Yes the majority of murder victims are men, but the majority of their murderers are also men.

      Also, violence against women and girls is not just about domestic violence. It includes rape and abuse outside of intimate relationships, plus forced marriage, FGM, ‘honour’-based violence, trafficking, forced prostitution, and more.

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